Violet Leaf Balm – Fibrocystic Breasts, Eczema, and other skin problems.
My fibrocystic breasts have become a big problem for me since I’ve reached pre-menopause. Especially certain times of the month.
According to the Mayo Clinic and many other sources, these signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breasts may include:
Of course, if you’ve found a lump or having any discomfort in your breast, it’s wise to see your doctor immediately.
I see my doctor every year, and she offered no help for my painful breast. So, I started researching natural ways to help.
What I discovered was really very simple, and right under my nose. Yes, the humble violet.
Collect fresh, unmarked, violet leaves. If dirty, rinse in a bowl of pure water. Pat dry with a paper towel.
In a cool area out of direct sun light, lay the leaves on a dry paper towel or cloth one inch apart. I like to use my kitchen table to dry all my herbs. That way, they are always in sight, so I’ll remember to check on them. Turn the leaves every day, for 2-3 days. They will be crunchy when dried.
When dried, pack your leaves in a sterilized glass jar. There’s no certain amount of leaves, it’s just what you can find, but a handful of dried leaves is a great start. Or you can use dried leaves.
Pour a carrier oil to cover the leaves. I like to use sunflower , hazelnut, or evening primrose.
There’s three ways to infuse your leaves. They are:
When your oil turns a beautiful herbal green, it’s ready. Pour the oil through a filter, such as a coffee filter or cloth. Warm oil drains better.
You can use your infused oil now! Rub it on your breast for relief…
If you don’t like the oily feel, make a balm instead.
3 oz. infused oil from violet leaves
¼ oz. beeswax (to start with)
Melt infused oil and beeswax using method 2 or 3 above. To test its consistency, dip a cool spoon in the warm mixture and let cool. If you want it thicker, add more beeswax, a little at a time, until it’s perfect.
Pour into tins, plastic balm pots, or whatever you have available. Let cool, and use whenever your breasts are tender. Makes approx. 6 oz.